Can i use Time Machine to transfer from Leopard to Lion

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by iphoneipad, Jul 24, 2011.

  1. iphoneipad macrumors member

    Jul 10, 2010
    Just bought an i5 256gb MBA 13. I was using macbook running Mac OSX Leopard, i am just wondering can i use time machine to transfer my stuff across.

    Many thanks:)
  2. sparkhill macrumors regular

    Oct 27, 2010
    Yes. Once you start the transfer, do not interrupt though as it is pretty easy to corrupt the Time Capsule sparse bundle.
  3. Robosagogo macrumors newbie

    Jul 5, 2011
    What's the actual process?

    Do I just plug my external hard drive into the Air before turning it on for the first time?
  4. ZBoater macrumors G3


    Jul 2, 2007
    Sunny Florida
    i don't think you want to do a restore. That would overwrite Lion, wouldn't it? After you boot up you MBA, you want to run Migration Assistant.
  5. vow macrumors member

    Jun 29, 2010
    When you first load up OS X on the new MBA, it will ask if you want to import from a Time Machine backup.

    Or you can set everything up and then use migration assistant to import from a TM backup.

    Keep in mind that if you want to import using migration assistant and want to keep the exact same username/Full Name, do NOT create that same user account when setting up Lion. Create a dummy account that will get deleted once you finish importing. If you don't care about keeping the exact username, you can import the content to as a new user.

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